#36 Your book launch is upstaged by some unpredictable headline-grabbing national story

The Writer’s Guide to Agony and Defeat

By Jennie Nash


The Writer’s Guide to Agony and Defeat

43 of the Worst Moments in the Writing Life and How to Get Over Them

The Agonies of Bad Timing

36. Your book launch is upstaged by some unpredictable headline-grabbing national story

You’ve got book signings planned, an interview at the big local TV station in each town on your tour, and VIPs event at every stop. You have so many appearances, in fact, that you have an appointment to get your nails done. You’re on your way, when you hear it on the radio: Big bad news. You listen, first, as a citizen. Oh no. You listen second, as a family member: is everyone in your family okay? You listen third as an author. But what about my book signing? What about my interview? What about my VIP event? All of them are cancelled. For the next four weeks, the only news will be about this big thing that’s happened, and by the time the nation is back on the way to recovery, your book is a thing of the past.

The way forward:

Calm down, take a deep breath, put the experience into perspective, and think about what you will write next.

“I wish I had known that publishing a novel is a crapshoot from start to finish… Don’t take it personally. That’s the best advice for a writer, the key to an even-keel sanity with regard to the whole business — don’t take anything personally.”

Kate Christensen

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